There’s no denying that remote work comes with a number of perks employees can enjoy. No commute means there’s more opportunity for a lie-in, similarly, meeting no one face-to-face allows many to complete their work in their pyjamas, making for a far more relaxed start to the working day.
The dramatic shift to the way in which professionals work over the past 12 months is a testament to the agility and flexibility of the modern business world. Companies have overcome challenges presented by the pandemic, financial volatility and swiftly shifting customer habits.
When the UK Government enforced lockdown measures earlier this year, many organisations moved to homeworking arrangements. Online platforms such as Zoom and Slack quickly moved in to fill the void left by not being able to physically interact with colleagues.
What’s more, there could be greater challenges looming in terms of absence and claims – particularly with regards to work-related stress and burnout. In short, at a time when remote working is becoming a permanent feature for many, and business recovery depends on balancing cost savings with employee engagement and productivity, there’s an urgent need to get on top of all of this. This will require strong partnership working between employers, their providers and brokers.
Since working from home amid the coronavirus crisis, many employees have missed social outings such as grabbing lunch with a colleague or heading to the pub with a team of work pals on a Friday afternoon.